Maria Garcez looked on devastated as City workers demolished her home in Favela do Metrô on November 4th, 2010. Her image accompanied RioOnWatch’s first report on the brutal eviction of the community to reportedly build a parking lot for the World Cup 2014 at the nearby Maracanã stadium, though to this day no official project for the site has been released.
Two years later we met up with Dona Maria, 65, at the apartment she shares with her granddaughter in Minha Casa, Minha Vida replacement housing in the distant West Zone neighborhood of Cosmos. With expressive outbursts in her thick Northeast accent, Dona Maria, who has More >
With elections approaching in Rio de Janeiro, political campaigns have a presence on every street corner, television, and billboard. But the complicated political system in Rio, and some of the implications of this system, go largely unknown not only by foreigners, but by many Cariocas as well. This critical moment for “The Marvelous City” is not only significant for Rio and its residents, but is of worldwide importance. Foreigners and Cariocas alike should have a basic understanding of the voting system in what can feel like a free-for-all that is Rio’s municipal elections.
Rio de Janeiro—and all of Brazil—boasts an impressive More >
Housing rights activists today defend the practice of on-site upgrading of informal communities—as opposed to evicting them—on the basis of historic preservation, low-quality compensation housing, residents’ location-based employment, and squatter legislation. In practice, what has caused favela upgrading to come to pass over the years in Rio de Janeiro More >
View original article in Portuguese here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
Researchers from IPEA, the Institute for Applied Economic Research, recently published a study that suggests that the Brazilian real estate market might be something of a bubble. The authors of the study, Mário Jorge Mendonça and Adolfo Sachsida, calculated that despite house prices increasing some 165% between January 2008 and February of this year, the rate of inflation in Rio was 25%. According to the study, this sort of increase in prices – brought on by federal government programs and incentives that increased access to credit in More >
For 12 years, Dona Rita Maria Barbosa, 56, kept an organic garden supplying her local community in Colônia Juliano Moreira (in Jacarepaguá, West Zone) with fresh fruit and vegetables and teaching schoolchildren about agroecology. Last month she was evicted from her home and the garden destroyed to make way for a garbage collection point. Over coffee in her new house, where the walls are unstable and there is no garden space for her to plant, she tells her story:
How long have you lived in Colônia?
I’ve lived in Colônia since November 1st, 1990. I came from a hill in Praça Seca More >